Have you ever wondered why some consumer goods don’t last? From cell phones to household appliances and clothing to automobile tires, some products we use
every day could last much longer. But they don’t.
Have you ever wondered why major purchases — such as vehicles or large
appliances — always seem to break down immediately after a manufacturer’s
Or perhaps you’ve asked how an advanced society can manufacture materials
durable enough to venture into space, but cannot produce a car tire that will
last more than a few years? The answer lies in planned obsolescence. It’s a
marketing and manufacturing trick meant to keep you buying.
In this post, we’ll take a close look at planned obsolescence. We’ll uncover
some manufacturers using these questionable practices, and we’ll explain the
Right to Repair movement — a modern campaign
promoting US consumers’ right to maintain their purchases for